This is kind of taboo for me… I never really discussed it with anyone before, aside joking around with Madame Suze about starting a GoFundMe fund, a while ago.
Talking about mixing blogging and money makes me uneasy. Very uneasy.
If I was working for someone who was willing to pay me for writing, I’d be more than thrilled to take the money and run away with it! If I was offered to blog for a company, I’d take the paycheck without the slightest afterthought. I’d sure wouldn’t mind getting my share of book sellings… But for that, I’d need to have a book out there, selling.
I have seen some bloggers using Patreon, and I have checked it out… To be entirely honest, I did subscribe and I have a fantom profile waiting to be made public. Which might, or might not happen… I am still very confused about how I feel about it.
For one thing, I don’t see why strangers would give me money to do what I’ve been doing for the past two years, for free. If anything, I’d be less surprised if some people decided to pay me to slow down, or stop blogging altogether! Mouahahahaha
I know people who have Etsy stores, to sell their pictures, or their art pieces… But I don’t have anything to sell. I can’t even offer wisdom of any kind. Being paid for this would be a fraud!
But… It doesn’t cost a dime to leave a link there, at the bottom of the page. And if people want to leave money, if they find anything valuable in my ramblings about life and my pictures, I’d be a fool to refuse their contribution.
But I am not ready yet. Not ready, not meaning not curious…
And I found Ko-fi.
Ko-fi is the website behind the “Buy Me a Coffee” buttons you can see on some bloggers’ pages. With Ko-fi, readers can easily transfer little contributions to said blogger. I think the idea is cute, and though I don’t expect anything from it I thought “Yeah, I could try that!”.
I think what intrigues me the most about the concept, is not to see how it would feel to see money coming from people. I wonder what it feels like to think “hey, someone thinks my ramblings are worth stopping by to offer me a coffee!”
Anyway… The button is now available in my widget side-bar, and I just want to repeat that I am not asking for people to use it!
I just wanted to explain the sudden arrival of the new widget…
Do you use either Patreon and or Ko-fi yourself? How does it work out for you? If not… What keeps you from trying it? I’d like to read your thoughts about it in the comments below!!